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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Killer Wasps Leave 19 Dead, 600 Injured In Northern China (Video)

By Susan Duclos

19 people were killed and nearly 600 severely injured in Northwestern China. The victims who survived the deadly attack describe say they were chased and stung hundreds of times.

"These wasps surrounded me and I couldn't stand it, so I used a basket to cover my head, and that is how I saved myself," says one man from his hospital bed to a reporter.

According to the second video below, in total 28 across China have died, the 19 above in northern China and the remainder is other parts.

Because some reports refer to them as hornets and others as wasps, below is a quick description of both:

Wasps are members of the family Vespidae, which includes yellow jackets and hornets. Wasps generally have two pairs of wings and are definitely not fuzzy. Only the females have stingers, but they can sting people repeatedly. 
Hornets are a small subset of wasps not native to North America (the yellow jacket is not truly a hornet). Somewhat fatter around the middle than your average wasp, the European hornet is now widespread on the East Coast of the U.S. Like other wasps, hornets can sting over and over again and can be extremely aggressive.

Cross posted at Before It's News